Madison County Hop Fest Paired Beer Dinner at Foothill Hops Farm Brewery is September 17. Tickets for the dinner are $75.
On Friday, September 17, at 6 pm is the Paired Beer Dinner hosted at Foothill Hops Farm Brewery located at 5024 Bear Path Road in Munnsville. The 4-course Paired Beer Dinner will be catered by HipStir Café. HipStir’s Executive Chef, Jennifer DiGiorgio, an accomplished chef graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, has curated an exceptional meal that has been exquisitely paired with craft beers from Foothill Hops Farm Brewery.
For the first-course Breakfast Toast infused chicken broth, salt-cured egg yolk paired with Foothill Hops “Kungfu” Honey Blonde Ale- a light-colored and flavored year-round beer. The hefty ABV and sweet honey should contrast the light and salty profile of this course. For the second course a Southern-fried Wedge Salad with southern mustard buttermilk Bleu cheese, tomatoes, cinnamon pickled acorn squash, candied pecans, and fried chicken skin paired with Foothill Hops“Pratts Hollow Heritage” – an IPA made with 19th-century feral hops found and grown in Pratts Hollow. While this is an IPA, the profile tends to be earthy, maybe spicy, and slightly floral. It will bridge the varied sweetness and acidity in this course. The third course is a Meatloaf Wellington, green apple, and baby onion mashed potatoes, pea, and carrot purée paired with Foothill Hops “2021 Harvest Ale”- a single malt single hop IPA with fresh hops from the field of 2021 Hop King Chad Meigs. The premiere tasting “2021 Harvest Ale” will be at the dinner and featured on draft at the Hop Fest on Saturday, September 18. The fourth course is a Parmesan pound cake, cranberry reduction, honey walnut brittle paired with Foothill Hops “Aran’s Irish Red Ale”- a fine finish to the meal with this beer that provides the right balance between bitter and sweet.
At the paired beer dinner this year, we will crown this year’s 2021 Hop King, Chad Meigs, owner of the Bineyard in Cazenovia. Chad has been growing, harvesting, drying, pelletizing, and packaging hops for eleven years at his hop yard. The Madison County Hop Fest Committee is honored to be recognizing Chad for his dedication and continuous efforts to improve conditions for hop growers through leadership, education, and lobbying and for hosting tours of his facility during the Hop Fest Heritage Tours. Tickets for the paired beer dinner are $75. Tickets can be purchased online at madisoncountyhopfest.org, HipStir Café, or Foothill Hops Farm Brewery. The Paired Beer Dinner is sponsored by Foothill Hops Farm Brewery.
For more information and to purchase tickets online, please visit our website- madisoncountyhopfest.org. Participants must be 21+ years of age to sample the craft beer at the Hop Fest. The tradition of promoting the art of craft brewing and the influence of the hop industry on New York State continues at the Madison County Hop Fest. Proceeds from the Hop Fest support the educational programming at the Madison County Historical Society. The Madison County Hop Fest is made possible from the generous support from The Gorman Foundation, White’s Farm Supply, Inc., Cricket Wireless, Tanner Insurance Agency Inc., and Hartman Enterprises, Inc. The Madison County Historical Society is a nonprofit organization that operates both a museum and the Mary King Research Library located at 435 Main Street in Oneida. The society continues to preserve, collect, promote, and exhibit the history of Madison County and its fifteen towns and one city through the development of programs that enhance Madison County’s heritage. The historical society’s headquarters are housed in an 1849 Gothic Revival Villa that is listed on the State and National Registry of Historic Places. Everyone attending the Madison County Hop Fest this year must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, i.e. original vaccination card, or copy of vaccination card to security prior to entering the Madison County Historical Society’s grounds on September 18. Attendees at the Paired Beer Dinner on Sept. 17 at Foothill Hops Farm Brewery must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof of vaccination, i.e. original vaccination card, or copy of vaccination card upon entry to the brewery. (No refund on Craft Beer Sampling tickets or Paired Beer Dinner tickets if these stated conditions are not met). The Madison County Hop Fest will be presented in accordance with applicable public health requirements as of the date of the event, affecting capacity, attendance prerequisites, procedures, and other preventative measures. Should the Hop Fest be canceled due to state and local rules and regulations prohibiting events to occur as a result of COVID-19, then a full refund will be honored.